Famous 19th Century British Soldiers

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Robert Falcon Scott
(British Royal Naval Officer and Explorer)
Robert Falcon Scott
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Birthdate: June 6, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England
Died: March 29, 1912

Robert Falcon Scott was an explorer and Royal Navy officer. He is remembered for leading two expeditions to the Antarctic regions, the second of which was the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition. Although Scott and his companions died during the second expedition, they helped discover the first Antarctic fossils, which proved that the place was once forested.

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Wilfred Owen
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Birthdate: March 18, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oswestry
Died: November 4, 1918

Wilfred Owen was an English soldier and poet. One of the most important poets during World War I, Owen wrote about the horrors of gas warfare. His life and career inspired a docudrama titled Wilfred Owen: A Remembrance Tale where he was portrayed by Samuel Barnett. In 1989, the Wilfred Owen Association was established to commemorate his life and poetry.

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Siegfried Sassoon
(English War Poet and Soldier Who Became One of the Leading Poets of the First World War)
Siegfried Sassoon
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Birthdate: September 8, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Matfield, Kent, England
Died: September 1, 1967

Siegfried Sassoon was an English writer, poet, and soldier. One of the most popular poets during the First World War, Sassoon's works satirized the patriotic pretensions of those accountable for the war as well as described the horrors of the war. Siegfried Sassoon's works and ideology greatly influenced another leading poet of the First World War, Wilfred Owen.

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 4 
John Franklin
(Explorer, Royal Navy officer)
John Franklin
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Birthdate: April 16, 1786
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Spilsby, England
Died: June 11, 1847
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Richard Francis Burton
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Birthdate: March 19, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torquay
Died: October 20, 1890

Richard Francis Burton was a British explorer, soldier, and scholar. He is best remembered for his explorations in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Along with John Hanning Speke, Burton was the first European to witness the Great Lakes of Africa. A prolific writer, Burton wrote several scholarly articles about numerous subjects like sexual practices, falconry, human behavior, travel, and ethnography.

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Banastre Tarleton
(Former lieutenant colonel at the end of the American Revolution)
Banastre Tarleton
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Birthdate: August 21, 1754
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died: January 15, 1833

Banastre Tarleton was a British politician and general. He served in the American Revolutionary War where he was a lieutenant colonel. An iconic figure, Tarleton has been portrayed in several films, such as Sweet Liberty, The Patriot, and Amazing Grace. He has also been depicted in many TV series and novels.   

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Harry Patch
(Soldier)
Harry Patch
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Birthdate: June 17, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Somerset
Died: July 25, 2009

Harry Patch was an English soldier who served during the First World War. A supercentenarian, Patch was the last surviving combat soldier to have fought in the trenches during the First World War. At the time of his death, Harry Patch was the world's third oldest man and the oldest man in Europe.

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Henry Tandey
(Soldier)
Henry Tandey
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Birthdate: August 30, 1891
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa
Died: December 20, 1977

Henry Tandey was a British soldier who played an important role during the First World War. In 1918, Tandey was honored with the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his efforts during the second Battle of Cambrai. The same year, Henry Tandey was also honored with the prestigious Victoria Cross for exhibiting bravery in the face of death.

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Arthur Percival
(Military personnel)
Arthur Percival
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Birthdate: December 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aspenden
Died: January 31, 1966

Blamed for undermining the British Imperial prestige by surrendering to the Japanese Army during the Battle of Singapore, Arthur Percival was actually a distinguished military officer, known for his successful campaigns in interwar period.  Plagued with underequipped garrison from the beginning, he was forced to surrender in order to save the lives of his 100,000 men and became the scapegoat.

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John Bowes-Lyon
(Stockbroker, Cricketer)
John Bowes-Lyon
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Birthdate: April 1, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 7, 1930

John Bowes-Lyon was a British stockbroker and cricketer. He was the son of the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne and the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne. He was also Queen Elizabeth II's uncle. He is also remembered for being a part of the Black Watch during World War I.

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John Chard
(Engineer, Military personnel)
John Chard
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Birthdate: December 21, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Plymouth
Died: November 1, 1897

Royal Engineers army officer John Chard was one of the 11 men to receive the Victoria Cross for defeating a Zulu army of 4,000 warriors at the battle of Rorke's Drift, with a British army of 135. His handwritten account of the war was later auctioned off for £175,000.

John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher
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Birthdate: January 25, 1841
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
Died: July 10, 1920

John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher, was 13 when he first joined the navy. The British admiral later became the First Sea Lord. He is remembered for introducing torpedo-boat destroyers and for improving the naval gunnery. He retired over bitter disagreements with the likes of Winston Churchill and their naval expedition plans.

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Gonville Bromhead
(Military personnel)
Gonville Bromhead
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Birthdate: August 29, 1845
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Versailles
Died: February 9, 1891

Recipient of the Victoria Cross, Gonville Bromhead was a British army officer, hailed for his role in the defence of Rorke's Drift during 1879 Anglo-Zulu War. He not only played an important part in repulsing the Zulu assault, but also stayed back to defend the area from future attacks until he was sent back to England to receive his award.  

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Stewart Menzies
(Intelligence officer)
Stewart Menzies
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Birthdate: January 30, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
Died: May 29, 1968

Stewart Menzies led the British secret service, the MI6, for over a decade. Born into an affluent family and educated at Eton, he excelled in academics and had a brief military career. He is remembered for his role in the forging of The Zinoviev Letter and for his multiple high-profile marriages.

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Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby
(British Commander and Imperial Governor)
Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby
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Birthdate: April 23, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nottinghamshire, England
Died: May 14, 1936

Known for his distinguish services during WWI, Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, is especially hailed for his decisive victory over the Turks at Gaza, leading to the capture of Jerusalem. Later, he also captured Damascus and Aleppo, thus ending Ottoman power in Syria. Later appointed Special High Commissioner of Egypt, he governed the country firmly, until its independence in 1922.

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Henry Allingham
(Soldier, Autobiographer)
Henry Allingham
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Birthdate: June 6, 1896
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London
Died: July 18, 2009
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David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty
(Politician, Military personnel)
David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty
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Birthdate: January 17, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: County Wexford
Died: March 11, 1936

Royal Navy officer David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty, had been the Admiral of the Fleet and is remembered for his exploits in World War I. Some of his major heroics were seen in the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of Heligoland Bight. He was also knighted for his achievements.

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Albert Ball
(Aviator, Military personnel)
Albert Ball
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Birthdate: August 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nottingham
Died: May 7, 1917
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John Bagot Glubb
(Military General)
John Bagot Glubb
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Birthdate: April 16, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire, England
Died: March 17, 1986
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Maurice Wilson
(Mountaineer)
Maurice Wilson
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Birthdate: April 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bradford
Died: June 1, 1934
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William E. Fairbairn
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Birthdate: February 28, 1885
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rickmansworth
Died: June 20, 1960
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Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside
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Birthdate: May 6, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 22, 1959
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Arthur Tedder, 1st Baron Tedder
(Politician, Military personnel)
Arthur Tedder, 1st Baron Tedder
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Birthdate: July 11, 1890
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glengoyne distillery
Died: June 3, 1967
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Noel Godfrey Chavasse
(Military physician, Athletics competitor)
Noel Godfrey Chavasse
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Birthdate: November 9, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oxford
Died: August 4, 1917
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Mackenzie Bowell
(Politician)
Mackenzie Bowell
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Birthdate: December 27, 1823
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rickinghall, England
Died: December 10, 1917
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Lanoe Hawker
(Aviator, Military personnel)
Lanoe Hawker
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Birthdate: December 30, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hampshire
Died: November 23, 1916
Samuel Hoare, 1st Viscount Templewood
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Birthdate: February 24, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 7, 1959

British statesman and Conservative Party politician Samuel Hoare is best remembered for framing the 1935 Government of India Act as the secretary of state for India. Initially a military officer, he had served in Russia and Italy. His Hoare–Laval Plan for partitioning Ethiopia was highly criticized.

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Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey
(Military General)
Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey
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Birthdate: October 23, 1729
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Howick, England
Died: November 14, 1807
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Francis Younghusband
(Army Officer)
Francis Younghusband
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Birthdate: May 31, 1863
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Murree, Pakistan
Died: July 31, 1942
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R.C. Sherriff
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Birthdate: June 6, 1896
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hampton Wick, England
Died: November 13, 1975
Leone Sextus Tollemache
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Birthdate: June 10, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: February 20, 1917
William Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford
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Birthdate: October 2, 1768
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bedgebury, England
Died: January 8, 1854
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Hector MacDonald
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Birthdate: March 4, 1853
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Black Isle, Scotland
Died: March 25, 1903
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Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill
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Birthdate: August 11, 1772
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shropshire, England
Died: December 10, 1842
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Alan Cunningham
(Army Officer)
Alan Cunningham
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Birthdate: May 1, 1887
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: January 30, 1983
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Thomas Melville Dill
(Former prominent Bermudian lawyer, politician, and soldier)
Thomas Melville Dill
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Birthdate: December 23, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Devonshire Parish, Bermuda
Died: March 7, 1945
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Robert Shields
(British Army)
Robert Shields
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Birthdate: 1827 AD
Birthplace: Cardiff
Died: December 23, 1864
Robert Napier, 1st Baron Napier
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Birthdate: December 6, 1810
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Died: January 14, 1890
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H. C. McNeile
(Soldier)
H. C. McNeile
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Birthdate: September 28, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bodmin, England
Died: August 14, 1937
Charles Thomas Wooldridge
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Birthdate: 1864 AD
Birthplace: East Garston, United Kingdom
Died: July 7, 1896
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Frederick E. Morgan
(Senior Officer)
Frederick E. Morgan
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Birthdate: February 5, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paddock Wood, Kent, England
Died: March 19, 1967
Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
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Birthdate: October 2, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hexham, England
Died: May 26, 1962
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Godfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount Malvern
(Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia from 1933 to 1953)
Godfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount Malvern
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Birthdate: July 6, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bexley, England
Died: May 8, 1971

Godfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount Malvern was a Rhodesian physician and politician. He is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia from 12 September 1933 to 7 September 1953. He also served as the first Prime Minister of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 7 September 1953 to 2 November 1956.

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Patrick Mahoney
(Armed force officer)
Patrick Mahoney
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Birthdate: 1827 AD
Birthplace: Waterford
Died: October 30, 1857
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George Maclean
(Governor)
George Maclean
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Birthdate: February 2, 1801
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Keith, Scotland
Died: May 22, 1847
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Andrew Clarke
(Soldier)
Andrew Clarke
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Birthdate: July 27, 1824
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southsea, Hampshire, England
Died: March 29, 1902
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William Martin Leake
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Birthdate: January 14, 1777
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 6, 1860
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Mary Anne Talbot
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Birthdate: February 2, 1778
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 4, 1808
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George Devey
(Architect)
George Devey
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Birthdate: 1820 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1886 AD
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Bruce Bairnsfather
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Birthdate: July 9, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Murree, Pakistan
Died: September 29, 1959